JONESBORO, Ark. (10/1/16) – The Arkansas State volleyball team swept Louisiana-Lafayette 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-14) Saturday night at the Convocation Center as the team ran its conference win streak to 20 matches.
The Red Wolves (12-6, 4-0 SBC) were led by Carlisa May’s 13 kills for the second straight match on a .323 hitting percentage. Brentlee Weaver tallied eight, while Kenzie Fields and Jessica Uke recording seven apiece with Uke’s coming on a team-best .538 hitting percentage. Mallory Warrington posted her team-high sixth double-double of the year with 35 assists and 12 digs. Markie Schaedig led the team with 20 digs defensively, while Kelsey Reis had four blocks, including three block solos.
“The key to this match was for us to put pressure on them to score,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “They were up in the league standings in several offensive categories, but near the bottom in opponent hitting percentage so we were able to hit for a high percentage and kept them down. As always it was a team effort and of course the way Markie and Mallory play always elevates us to the level we want to be at. We’ve got a tough road trip to Texas coming up though so now it’s time to prepare for them.”
A-State ran out to a 15-7 advantage over the Ragin’ Cajuns (5-13, 2-2 SBC) in set one behind two straight blocks by Reis. ULL called a timeout, but lost two of the next three points and used its second stoppage of the set down to A-State 17-8. The Red Wolves extended the lead to as many as 12 at 24-12 on a kill by Reis before a Weaver kill gave the home team a 25-12 set win.
Louisiana-Lafayette started the second set strongly with a 7-5 edge, but a 4-0 run forced the visitors to call a timeout down 9-7. A-State ran its advantage to 19-10 on a kill by May and was up 24-13 after a kill by Fields. Reis ended the set for the Red Wolves with a kill to set the final at 25-13.
The third set was never in much doubt as Arkansas State raced out to a 9-4 lead on a kill by Fields. The score was extended to 17-9 in favor of A-State after a Weaver kill and the Ragin’ Cajuns used their final timeout. The home team ended the frame on an 8-5 run, capped by a ULL attack error, to win the set 25-14 and clinch the set win 3-0.
A-State hit .339 to the Ragin’ Cajuns’ .071 and had three aces while Louisiana had zero. The Red Wolves also had eight blocks to ULL’s five.
Arkansas State continues league play Oct. 7 with a road contest versus Texas State. First serve from San Marcos is set for 6:30 p.m.Fans can follow the team on Twitter (@stAteVolleyball) and Instagram (astatevolleyball) along with liking the Arkansas State University Volleyball page on Facebook for the latest news and updates regarding the team.